A Selection of Past Meetings


The IBO has had many meetings offering interesting content and a chance to catch up. Here are some notes on some recent occasions ...

Autumn Residential Meeting, Manchester 6-8 October 2017

This weekend meeting was packed with content and variety commencing on Friday afternoon with a fascinating introduction to the world of acoustics at Salford University followed by a visit to St Philips Salford where Jonathan Scott demonstrated the organ which had been introduced by David Wood.
The key event of the weekend – the visit to the new Tickell organ at Manchester Cathedral – didn’t disappoint with over 80 members attending and, following a superb lunch, members made their way  to the Church of the Holy Name where Gordon Blackledge (David Wells Organ Builders) talked about the organ which was demonstrated by Simon Leach, Manchester University organist.​The afternoon was rounded off by a talk on wind flutter by Alan Taylor in Manchester University which provoked an informative question and answer session. In the evening we welcomed organist Daniel Moult as our after-dinner speaker whose amusing anecdotes were warmly received. The final visit of the weekend was to the impressive Manchester Town Hall where we were welcomed by Richard Lowe as one of the last groups to visit the Cavaille Coll organ there before the Hall’s seven year £350m restoration. A double booking with a TV film crew made this visit all the more interesting too!

Summer Meeting, Peterborough Cathedral and King's College Cambridge 03 June 2017

We returned to East Anglia for our summer meeting this year where we visited two of the country’s most prestigious organs: the 1894 William Hill at Peterborough Cathedral, which has been repitched to standard concert pitch from old philharmonic pitch; and then the recent restoration of the 1934 Harrison & Harrison organ at King’s College where we also attended Choral Evensong (the photograph shows the IBO group waiting to go into the Chapel) and then many members stayed afterwards to hear a recital by Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music. Thanks go to Stephen Grahl and Andrew Reid for their talks at Peterborough Cathedral and also to Stephen for a superb demonstration. We are also indebted to Andrew Scott and Duncan Mathews of Harrison & Harrison for their informative talks at both venues.

Once again the sun shone for us too, making the day all the more enjoyable!

Annual General Meeting, Christ Church, Spitalfields 22 April 2017

William Drake's celebrated restoration of the Richard Bridge organ at Christ Church, Spitalfields was the focus for the morning's event at the 2017 AGM, where we heard presentations by Gerard Brooks (Organ Curator), Nicholas Thistlethwaite (joint consultant with William McVicker) and Geert Noppers (William Drake Ltd).

A new President - Andrew Moyes (Managing Director of Nicholson & Co.) - was elected during the course of the Annual General Meeting plus three new Board members - Gordon Blackledge,(David Wells Organ Builders), Richard Bower (Bower & Co.) and Jake Holmes (Harrison & Harrison Ltd) following the retirement of Chris Batchelor, Stephen Bayley and Michael Latham. Members were also updated on progress with the national apprenticeship scheme, which is looking very promising after years of hard work by Training Officer Geoff McMahon and the Training Committee.

Following the AGM, one of London's highly trained Blue Badge Guides took members on a tour of this historic area of East London where we learnt about the history of the Huguenot silk weavers in particular, plus the Georgian architecture and the famous Spitalfields Market.